The future of the Royals is in the hands of Kate Middleton

Royal insiders say the monarchy is counting on one person to save the family’s reputation amid an ongoing sea of ​​scandal: future Queen Kate Middleton.

“As the Prince Andrew scandal shows, the monarchy is in dire need of reassuring conventional royal performers,” Patrick Jephson, the former chief of staff to Kate’s mother-in-law Princess Diana, told The Post exclusively. “Catherine is exactly what these turbulent royal times need – it’s no exaggeration that the future of the Windsors is in her hands.”

It has been a week of hell for the royal family after the announcement that Prince Andrew will spend the rest of his life in the wilderness after he stripped of his HRH and military titles by his mother, Queen Elizabeth, during a sexual abuse trial.

Add to this the lingering tensions between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who have left the institution and have accused an undisclosed senior member of the royal family of doubt the skin color of their son Archie.

It’s no wonder a small team of advisors are focused on shaping Kate’s legacy.

This week we got our first glimpse of her as the future queen in three beautiful portraits released to celebrate its 40th birthday – and they include some very deliberately placed nods to the past.

William would be part of a very small team of advisors who help Kate shape her legacy.

In Paolo Roversi’s photos, Kate wears the iconic sapphire and diamond engagement ring that belonged to her husband’s late mother, Diana, and to the former Princess of Wales’ Collingwood Pearl earrings.

“It is a very calculated decision by Kate and William to continue to involve Diana in all things building a new royal chapter,” Bethan Holt, fashion director of the UK Daily Telegraph, told The Post. “Kate’s very smart to keep her memory alive.”

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has worn the earrings on a number of other occasions in recent years.

“Monarchy is the ultimate long game … because unlike business, politics or media stars, royalty is for life and the time horizon is infinite,” Jephson said. “Catherine has mastered that long game and that is a very important achievement.”

Kate becomes queen as soon as her husband, William, takes the throne.  But first she becomes Princess of Wales when her father-in-law Charles becomes king.
Kate becomes queen as soon as her husband, William, takes the throne. But first she becomes Princess of Wales when her father-in-law Charles becomes king.

And she’s needed more than ever, and not just because of the scandals, but because she and William are far more popular than the next king, Prince Charles, and his second wife, Camilla.

“Charles and Camilla don’t seem to have the global appeal and there seems to be an absolute campaign to make William and Kate the global stars of the family,” said Holt, the author of “The Duchess of Cambridge: A Decade of Modern.” Royal Style”. .”

“There seems to be a whole royal family operation to elevate the Cambridges.”

A senior palace source added: “Had Charles and Diana tried, we wouldn’t be talking like that. Because Charles and Camilla put their own needs and happiness first [having an affair that helped lead to the end of Charles and Diana’s marriage], we are in an ongoing constitutional bond, meaning William and Kate are the last cards of the Windsors.”

William and Kate have daughter Charlotte and sons Louis and George (far right).
William and Kate have daughter Charlotte and sons Louis and George (far right).

It remains to be seen how Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will be known when Charles becomes king, but Kate will be given the title Princess of Wales – just like Diana once was.

Undoubtedly, the intent is also to highlight the differences between Kate and her sister-in-law, Markle.

‘When Kate came in, she said, ‘I’m going to learn the tricks of the trade.’ Meghan said, ‘I’ll get started right away,’ said the palace well. “Learning the tricks of the trade is a lifelong job; walking on the floor isn’t the royal style, and for good reason. You need to know who you’re running to – and who’s standing next to you.”

Kate officially entered the royal life when she married William on April 29, 2011. The couple now have three children: Prince George, 8, and himself a future king; Princess Charlotte, 6; and 3-year-old Prince Louis.

Stylist Natasha Archer has been working with the Duchess since 2014.
Stylist Natasha Archer has been working with the Duchess since 2014.
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A source known to the Middleton family revealed: “Kate has a small team that surrounds her on a daily basis. She is not part of the royal circus – for her, less is more.”

It includes her longtime stylist Natasha Archer, who has worked with the Duchess since 2014, and her private secretary Hannah Cockburn-Logie.

And of course, the members of the royal family Kate is closest to also have a hand in shaping her path forward.

“The Queen would very much like to give specific advice, possibly because the organization has figured out that you can’t just let people figure it out for themselves,” the palace source said.

The royal family comes out of harm's way after the Queen stripped Prince Andrew of all royal and military titles and looks to Middleton to unite a fractured nation.
After Queen Elizabeth stripped Prince Andrew of his HRH and military titles, the royal family looks to Middleton as their saving grace.
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“In many ways I’m sure William is” [involved,” added Jephson. “It helps that Catherine, like Diana, has that indefinable but essential royal quality: presence.  She has the bearing, the gravitas, the regal factor that already sets her apart from other royal women as a future queen.”

But for those who know Kate personally, the birthday photos are a world away from the down-to-earth mom they’re used to. “Honestly, I thought the photos would show Catherine in a field wearing jeans and mucking about with dogs — that is really her,” said the Middleton source.

“When I first saw the photos, I was really shocked,” said Holt, adding that some people wouldn’t have been surprised to see Kate “‘sitting on a gate, wearing a Barbour jacket in [the country],’because that’s exactly what we’re used to from its normal parent brand.”

The timing, Holt noted, cannot be ignored.

Before getting married into the royal family, Kate's style could be extremely casual.
Before getting married into the royal family, Kate’s style could be extremely casual.
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“There’s no escaping it, the Cambridges have their… [country estate] parenting years – now the real royal business begins. She definitely created a moment for herself and it was done very consciously.”

Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen’s creative director, was responsible for Kate’s wedding dress and The Post is told she allegedly helped shape the birthday portraits.

Photographer Roversi, who has often worked with Burton, was chosen for the job after meeting Kate at Kensington Palace in November, where he joined the Duchess and her staff for tea and biscuits.

Roversi told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that William and the children were helping to make the final choices, adding: “At first, the Duchess was apprehensive. She is shot at by photographers every day, but she is not used to posing.”

But, said Jephson, Kate & Co. understood how important these portraits would be.

“Royalty is symbolism and theater – constitutionally that is its function,” he said. “And [an official portrait] should work on first glance – and on the millionth glance.”

One thing to note, Holt said, is that Kate isn’t wearing a tiara or royal sash in the photos: “She’s still saving something for later.”


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